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The owners of Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos are wisely hesitant about giving a target date by which their Latin American-flavored restaurant at 1220 S. Main St. will be open, but they’re hoping for late summer.

The owners of the Root, Jack Sundell and his wife, Corri Bristow-Sundell, are partnering with Adelia Kittrell and her husband, Cesar Bordon, to bring their interpretation of “Latin American street food” to the SoMa neighborhood — carne, chorizo and other versions of tacos, empanadas and pupusas, along with vegetarian options like nopales salad (a kind of cactus) and vegan dishes as well.

They’re “trying to make sure we have something available for everybody,” Jack Sundell said.

The bar will offer homemade margaritas and will have 16 taps offering the best Arkansas craft beer, as well as Latin American beer in cans. Mexican Cokes and Fantas will also be available.

“There are enough breweries now in Arkansas that if you want to really get a sampling of the best craft beer in Arkansas, you’d have to go to a lot of different places to try those,” Sundell said. They plan to offer them under one roof.

“We’ve been menu-testing for months now,” Sundell said. “The food is incredible. It’s a great balance of traditional Latin American street food — things that you would almost have to leave the country to find — but also accessible, well-prepared versions of dishes that people will recognize, favorites from Mexican restaurants like queso and guacamole and salsa and things that will appeal to everybody.”

There will be children’s options as well. The partners want it to be a family-friendly establishment.

The restaurant, at 2,500 SF, will seat between 60 and 70 diners. Dos Rocas will also have a pool table.

Bordon, from Paraguay, is the Root kitchen manager and has been at the restaurant since it opened in 2011. The chef will be Luis Vasquez, who grew up in Honduras and is currently a breakfast chef at the Root.

“I just think it’s a unique opportunity to bring a quality and type of food to downtown Little Rock that isn’t here right now,” Sundell said.

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